brilliant! great read
by M Macauley
This was an enjoyable read. But beware, the football mentioned in the description, is not the western idea of football. It is our version of soccer.
However, it is a really great read. An American girl meets and falls in love with Matt, the footballer.. Overtime, she begins to understand the dedication he, and the town, has to the sport and his hope to go professional.
Within this story is woven another of Matt finding he has chemistry to another woman.
Well written, with true emotions regarding winning and losing in pro sports and romance.
Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/228293/review/517726
by NetGalley review
I was born into football and goalkeeping. My father was a goalkeeper too, so it was almost a given that I would follow in his footsteps. I played semi-professional football for many years, almost but not quite making it to the professional ranks following a brief spell at Wimbledon during the 'Crazy Gang' era. My father also worked for FIFA and was the Brazilian FA's representative in Europe, so I was privileged to hang around hotels and training grounds when Zico, Socrates and Junior were world wide icons. In recent years, I have fallen back in love with the semi-pro game and have worked my way up from match reporter to Vice Chairman of Merstham FC, a semi-professional football club, playing in the Isthmian Premier, which is Step 3 of English football. Playing for Keeps is my first novel, although the sequel is already underway.